The Board of Regents approved, for permanent adoption, amendments of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education space requirements plans. The amendments, which became effective October 2, 2013, conform State regulations to Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2013. Consistent with Chapter 57, the amended regulations repeal the requirement for every BOCES to submit a special education space plan to the Commissioner and adds the requirements that each BOCES district superintendent must determine the adequacy and appropriateness of facilities space available to house special education programs in the least restrictive environment and ensure that programs will not be relocated without adequate consideration of the needs of participating students with disabilities. For further information, see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/spaceplan-requirements-oct13.htm.
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